Ong King Art Center 8pm - 11pm

Dance Events

Swing Ong King - Every Thursday!

NOTE: Our Thursday night dance venue has moved locations!
The Ong King Art Center is now located on Fort Street Mall (address below). We ask for your patience during the transition while we wait for them to install the new floor (which we hear will be really nice). In the meantime, the dance will be on a smooth concrete floor, so be kind to your body and take it easy out there.

Ong King Art Center
1154 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96817

Thursdays, 8-11pm, $5 cover
8-8:30pm - FREE mini-lesson
8:30-11pm - Social dancing

There's nearby parking at Mark's Garage and various municipal lots, as well as street parking in walking distance. You're welcome to bring your own drinks, and we have water available for sale if you forget. For questions, contact Christine at (808) 277-8480.

Lisa Clarke & Fabien Vrillon Swing Workshop

SAVE THE DATES for this exciting workshop with international dance champions Lisa Clarke and Fabien Vrillon! Locations and times are set; class information available soon.

Fabien and Lisa met in Herrang, Sweden in 2010 and have been teaching and dancing together ever since. Coming from different backgrounds, they both bring their own particular expertise, talents, and enthusiasm to the partnership. Fabien comes from Grenoble, France and has been teaching swing dancing since 2004, specializing in lindy hop and blues, with a love of choreography. Lisa is a professional dancer from London, now living in France. Classically trained from the age of 6, she later discovered and fell in love with lindy hop and blues and has immersed herself in all things swing ever since. Together and separately they have competed and placed in many competitions including the International Lindy Hop Championships and European Swing Dance Championships. Their fun-natured teaching style and ability to break down movements make a perfect mix for those wanting to progress in their dancing.

Discounted pre-registration will be available until Thursday, Sept. 14. You may register in person at the weekly Thursday night swing dance at Ong King (cash or check), or via PayPal (use the Donate button on our website).


Saturday, September 16 (First Unitarian Church of Honolulu)
2:10pm Doors open – Registration / Warm-up
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Building Your 8 Count Lindy
--- Break: Pizza/Potluck ---
5:45pm – 7:45pm: Slow Down Your Basics

Sunday, September 17 (First Unitarian Church of Honolulu)
1:40pm Doors open – Registration / Warm-up
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Charleston Basics & Beyond
--- Break: Potluck/Snacks ---
5:00pm-7:00pm: Jazz Steps in Your Partner Dancing

8:30-10:30pm Sunday Night Social Dance (Aloha Dancesport Center)
$5 cover (FREE with full workshop registration)

*Blues Class: optional add-on to Sat./Sun. workshop or attend separately*
Monday, September 18 (Paradise Tango)
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Drag Blues & Side-By-Side Blues
9:00pm – 10:00pm Social Dancing/Practice

--- Class Descriptions ---
Building Your 8-Count Lindy -- Using a rolling sequence relying on the 8-Count Lindy basic, Lisa and Fabien will build movements you can use in your social dancing. No matter what your level, you will go home with new material! Dancers should know the basic 8-count rhythm (swingout not needed).

Slow Down Your Basics -- Do you know how to use stretch and tension to slow down your basic swingout, creating more dynamics within your dance? This class is tailored for dancers who are already comfortable with the swingout, Lindy Hop partner connection and momentum.

Charleston Basics & Beyond -- We'll start with the basics of Charleston and add moves and variations (suitable for beginners).

Jazz Steps in Your Partner Dancing -- Master fun jazz steps you can dance with your partner during Lindy Hop (and also use in solo dancing)!

Drag Blues -- One of the original forms of Blues dancing, dating back to the days of juke joints and speakeasies, Drag Blues uses a close embrace position. Experienced dancers will learn variations to augment their vocabulary. Beginners welcome!

Side-by-Side Blues -- A common position in Blues dancing is side-by-side with your partner. Learn some new leg variations to invigorate your social dancing! Beginners welcome!

Pre-registration by Sept. 14:
$120 FULL Workshop (all Sat./Sun. classes + Sun. social)
+$30 Monday Blues add-on
$35 Any single class session, including Blues (2 hrs)

At the door:
$140 FULL Workshop (all Sat./Sun. classes + Sun. social)
+$35 Monday Blues add-on
$40 Any single class session, including Blues (2 hrs)

First Unitarian Church
2500 Pali Hwy, Honolulu

Aloha Dancesport Center
350 Ward Ave, Studio 2, Honolulu

Paradise Tango
150 N King St #202, Honolulu

See the Facebook event for more information.

Sunday Balboa Practice

What: A Balboa Practice!
When: Sundays evenings (see schedule below)
Where: Aloha Dancesport Center (350 Ward Ave, Studio 2 upstairs — enter through small door around the back of the building, NOT the stairwell facing Ward Ave)
Why: Because (1) Balboa is awesome, and (2) who doesn't want another night of dancing?
How: Show up! (And pay a $5 cover so we can keep the lights on)
Note: Bring your own water bottle! (There is no drinking fountain or water for sale at the studio)

Upcoming Schedule - Fall 2017:
Sep 3, 2017: 7-9pm
Sep 10: 7-9pm
Sep 17: ** CANCELED ** (Lisa & Fabien Weekend Workshop)
Sep 24: 7-9pm
(Oct schedule TBA...)

Come practice your Balboa, exchange moves and ideas with your peers, or fix that trouble-spot. Or just come and dance... that's cool too. The structure is very informal and social dance conventions need not apply: if you want to work with the same person for 30 mins, you can; if you want to bring dance videos to reconstruct moves from, do it. We'll play Bal-friendly music at a variety of tempos (and won't even kick you out if you Lindy Hop to it ;) ).

Everyone welcome... even if you've never danced Balboa! There will NOT be any formal instruction, but people will be on-hand to help or provide feedback if you'd like. For more information, contact Deb here or at 808-780-4641.

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